By Mike Hellgren

BALTIMORE (WJZ)–The National Guard performed an invaluable service during the storm–getting first responders where they needed to be–and rescuing stranded drivers.

The Humvee rolled through Carroll County.

Conditions are better now, but the National Guard is still on duty.

WJZ went along for ride with the National Guard, just one of many miles logged during this record-breaking storm.

“Visibility was really low. It was easy to get disoriented and lose your positioning on the road,” said Sgt Steven Fichthorn.

Sergeant Stephen Fichthorn’s home has been the state police’s barracks in Westminster, along with staff Sergeant Alyssa Tavernia who piloted a hummer for more than a dozen rescues.

“I am really glad that this can go in such deep snow because we pushed this to the limit,” said Tavernia.

The Maryland National Guard says they performed 70 missions during a 12-hour period during the height of the storm.

Tavernia  says, “We just slept when we could, but really with the adrenalin of being able  to work with the community and help out, we didn’t need sleep, we were just happy to be out here to help.”

The governor personally thanked the Guard for their service this weekend.

During the ride along, they were quick to assist a motorist who had run out of gas in the middle of the road.

The Guard helped him get gas and he was back on his way.

“They expect the police and the fire department, but to see us rolling [is a] sigh of relief,” said Tavernia.

In all during the storm and its aftermath, Maryland’s National Guard performed more than 100 missions.

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